In a question asking How to stop sexual harassment by teacher? there was a lot of down-votes so I asked why. A comment was made that
(1) We do not handle high school problems. (2) The post contains sh*t qualified for rude/abusive flagging. The question is automatically downvoted by the flags
I am shocked about this for a number of reasons.
- As another person commented, bad language is easily edited. On top of that, you could just put a quick pointer into the comments to inform a new member about their language.
- High school is within academia as defined in any dictionary (see OED, or Merriam-Webster for examples)
- The tour page doesn't mention this. It says
Academia is a question and answer site for academics of all levels.
- The question on what's on-topic for asking questions here within the help pages doesn't mention anything.
- The introduction to the site mentions nothing about it
- The don't ask list doesn't have anything about high school problems, and above all,
- The topic within the question affects not just high school but every level of academic study.
What is the situation with those in high school who have a question regarding their studies? I can understand that homework questions should be avoided, but when you have situations such as sexual harassment or assault going on, why shouldn't they be able to ask the academic community what they would do?
To me, having down-votes in this manner can be damaging to someone in a vulnerable position.
I have just been pointed to a related question (public school teaching grades 7-12 considered "academic"?). Now if certain levels of academic study is not on-topic, shouldn't this be highlighted, especially on the tour page where it says for academics of all levels